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“Amazing value for a truly informative visit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Molen De Adriaan Museum

Molen De Adriaan Museum
Papentorenvest 1a, 2011 AV, Haarlem, The Netherlands
023-5450259
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Ranked #5 of 14 attractions in Haarlem
Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
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Bristol
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8 attraction reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Amazing value for a truly informative visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013 via mobile

We were the first visitors yesterday, and had the personal attention of one of the volunteers (I didn't get her name), who spent nearly an hour of her time walking us around the windmill, explaining everything and answering questions. Superb! We didn't just get how a windmill works, but the place of the molen in Dutch history & culture. The mill itself is fascinating, and in working order; the models & displays are all excellent. Highly recommended!

Visited October 2013
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
17 attraction reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Finally I know what all these windmills are about!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

This was a great museum/ attraction. You watch a (very bad) short film, which doesn't really give you faith in the rest of the visit, but that is all put to rights when you get the tour. A volunteer miller will take you up the stairs and explain at each level what was done there, what the mill did, will give you small snippets of history of mills, how mills worked, until finally you are at the very top and on the gallery looking out over Haarlem. Everyone loved it!

My Gran has bad knees and did find the stairs a little hard going. There are a lot of narrow staircases, no lifts, and the tour will take you to the very top. Just something to bare in mind if you have someone a little unsteady on their feet in the group.

Visited September 2013
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New York, NY
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19 attraction reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Excellent attraction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Working windmill with tour given by enthusiastic volunteers. Should be better known; we were the only ones on our tour. Learn about history and workmanship of windmills. I learned they were used in the Nazi occupation to send coded messages about German movements using the position of the blades. The next windmill down the line repeated the code, continuing for many miles.

Visited June 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Why is the Windmill on top of a Building”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

This is one of the many questions that will be answered when you visit this museum. This is one of a handful of windmills still existing in the Haarlem area. There was at one time over 200 in this area. The Dutch did not have coal to mine so they mined the wind. One always thinks of windmills as grinding flour, only partially true. They were used like a steam engine and they did all the needed tasks that were needed during the industrial revolution. The Adriaan shows how the mills worked and walking through the mill will give you a good idea what it was like to operate one.

Visited December 2012
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Sheffield, South Yorkshire
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9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
“Great tourist attraction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Full tour of the windmill by a very informed, interesting, multilingual guide.

Fantastic models of the workings of the windmill. Great views from the top.

Tour lasted around 40 minutes. Well worth a visit if you go to Haarlem.

Visited July 2013
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